International Conference on Nature Inspired Surface Engineering (NISE), a multidisciplinary conference, will be held on June 12-14, 2019. The conference will be held at the Stevens Institute of Technology, New Jersey, USA, at the Bissinger Room at Howe Center (4th floor).

Nature, such as plants, insects, and marine animals, shows unique surface properties in their components (e.g., leaves, wings, eyes, legs, and skins) for multiple purposes, such as water-repellency, anti-adhesion, and anti-reflection. Such multifunctional surface properties are attributed to three-dimensional and hierarchical surface structures with modulated surface chemistry and mechanical pliability. Over the last couple of decades, we have witnessed a significant advancement in the fundamental understanding of surface and interfacial phenomena of such multifunctional surfaces as well as the design, fabrication, and applications of those coatings/surfaces/materials. The NISE conference provides a means of reporting and sharing the latest developments in the nature-inspired surface engineering, encompassing physics, chemistry, biology, material science, and various engineering disciplines. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Fundamental understanding of surface and interface science and phenomena such as wetting, adhesion, adsorption, desorption, friction, (bio)tribology, wear, corrosion, biofouling, icing/deicing, phase changes, heat/energy transfer, electrochemistry, optics/photonics, etc.
  • Material processing and fabrication techniques for functional surfaces including novel techniques such as 3D printing and self-assembly
  • Surface modification and coating techniques for functional surfaces
  • Hydro-, aero, ice-, and oleo-phobic/philic surfaces
  • SLIPS (slippery liquid infused porous surfaces) and LIS (lubricant impregnated surfaces)
  • Stimuli-responsive and adaptive materials and surfaces
  • Self-healing/self-repairing materials and surfaces
  • Surface engineering in energy applications
  • Surface engineering in water-related applications
  • Surface engineering in biomedical applications
  • Surface engineering in optical and electrical applications
  • Surface engineering in industrial applications
  • Surface characterization and metrology
  • Novel phenomena and applications of engineered surfaces/coatings

Abstracts and full articles will be published in the conference proceedings in electronic format.


Prof. Edward Bormashenko, Ariel University, Israel – Liquid Marbles, Naturally Inspired Elastic Nonstick Droplets: From Mini-reactors to Self-Propulsion

Prof. Chuan-Hua Chen, Duke University, US – Bioinspired Jumping-Droplet Vapor Chambers

Pof. Al Crosby, University of Massachusetts Amherst, US – Bioinspired Materials Mechanics: Interfaces and Instabilities

Prof. Sajan George, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India – Femtosecond Laser Tailoring of Surface Wettability for Droplet Control

Prof. Anne Kietzig, McGill University, Canada – Functionality through Texture – Nature-inspired Surface Engineering using Laser Micromachining

Prof. Ho-Young Kim, Seoul National University, South Korea – Humidity-responsive Soft Machines

Prof. Seok Kim, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, US – Shape Memory Polymer Dry Adhesives Working Under Water

Prof. Ling Li, Virginia Tech, US – Biological surfaces with simultaneous mechanical and optical functions

Prof. Glen McHale, Northumbria University, UK – Controlling Droplets: Thin, Conformal and Gradient SLIP Surfaces

Prof. Xu Hou, Xiamen University, China – Bioinspired Multi-Scale Pores and Channels

Prof. Changhyun Pang, Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea – Bioinspired Adhesive Architectures for Versatile Applications

Prof. Luyi Sun, University of Connecticut, US – Bio-inspired Design of Mechanochromisms via Surface Engineering

Prof. Tak-Sing Wang, Pennsylvania State University, US – Nature-Inspired Materials for Health and Water Sustainability

Prof. Zuankai Wang, City University of Hong Kong – Nature-inspired Topological Surfaces for Directional Droplet Transport


Abstract Submission Deadline: January 31, 2019 Extended until February 15, 2019

Early Bird Registration Deadline: March 15, 2019

Regular Registration Deadline: April 15, 2019

The conference runs from June 12 to June 14, 2019

The abstracts will be published on our website on July 15, 2019

Conference Fees

Registrations fees do not cover accommodation or food. Participants have to arrange their own accommodation and meals. 

However, tea, coffee and cookies will be served throughout the conference.

Early Bird

350 USD

(Regular fee 375 USD)


Early Bird

450 USD

(Regular fee 500 USD)



Thank you for your interest in submitting a paper for the AIS Nature Inspired Surface Engineering (NISE) Conference. You may submit your abstract via AIS Conference Management Module, starting from June 1, 2018.

You first need to register. You will see options at the end of the registration table. Please choose “Author” as your role. 

Your abstract must have a scientific style and format. Click following links for our abstract template that will guide you: PDF file, Word file

After you submit your abstract, wait to hear from us. If your abstract is accepted, you will need to make your payment and registration on this page


Dr. Chang-Hwan Choi is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Stevens Institute of Technology. He acquired his BS (1995) and MS (1997) in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering from Seoul National University in Korea. He also earned his MS in Fluids, Thermal, and Chemical Processes from Brown University in 2002. Dr. Choi received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2006, specializing in MEMS/Nanotechnology and minoring in Fluid Mechanics and Biomedical Engineering.


Dr. K.-C. Kenneth Park is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Northwestern University, who has been working on bio-inspired interfacial thermofluidics and surface engineering. He received his SM (2010) and PhD (2013) in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior to joining the faculty at Northwestern University, Dr. Park also worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University.


Dr. Catarina Esteves

Netherlands, Eindhoven University of Technology, Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry

Dr. Anne Kietzig
Dr. Alla Synytska

Germany, Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden e.V., Department Polymer Interfaces

Dr. Edward Bormashenko
Dr. Jaroslaw Drelich

USA, Michigan Technological University, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Dr. Sajan Daniel George

India, Manipal Academy of Higher Education,
Department of Atomic and Molecular Physics

Dr. Hui Hu
Dr. Ioannis (Yiannis) Karapanagiotis
Dr. Seok Kim

USA, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering

Dr. Ling Li
Dr. Glen McHale
Dr. Constantine Megaridis

USA, University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Dr. Sushanta Mitra
Dr. Changhyun Pang

Korea, Sungkyunkwan University, School of Chemical Engineering

Dr. Luyi Sun
Dr. Zuankai Wang
Dr. Tak-Sing Wong

Partnering Journals

Selected abstracts will be recommended for the publication to partnering journals including BiomimeticsCoatingsMicromachinesSurface Innovations, Materials, and International Journal of Wettability Science and Technology.


Coatings offers a “Best Oral Presentation Award” for young investigators (PhD students or postdocs) 

in the amount of 200 USD.


Biomimetics and Micromachines offer “Best Poster Awards” for young investigators (PhD students or postdocs) 

in the amount of 100 USD.


NISE 2019 Exhibition Component will provide a unique platform to all leading manufacturers for launching their latest innovations and technologies. Contact us at to book your stand and for details.



The conference will be held at the Bissinger Room (4th floor) at the Wesley J. Howe Center at the Stevens Institute of Technology located at 1 Castle Point Terrace, Hoboken, New Jersey 07030, USA.

Hotel Information

We have blocked 40 rooms at the nearby Sheraton Hotel for you at a discounted price, $199 + tax. Conference participants need to call the hotel at 1-800-325-3535 or (201) 617-5600 on or before Friday, May 10th, 2019 to make their own reservations. Mention you are part of the NISE-2019 conference when you call.

Rooms will be reserved on a first come, first served basis so early booking is highly recommended

After all 40 rooms are reserved, the hotel will apply its regular price.

Payment of the hotel bill will be
settled directly with the hotel.

Address: Sheraton Lincoln Harbor Hotel
500 Harbor Boulevard
Weehawken, NJ 07086

Other hotels you may contact are:

W Hotel Hoboken
(Located on the Hoboken waterfront, 3 blocks south of the Stevens campus)
225 River Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030
Tel: (201) 253-2400

Courtyard Jersey City Newport
(2.5 miles away from the campus)
40 Washington Boulevard
Jersey City, NJ, 07310
Tel: (201) 626-6600

Double Tree by Hilton
(2.7 miles away from the campus)
455 Washington Boulevard
Jersey City, NJ, 07310
Tel: (201) 499-2400

Meadowlands Plaza Hotel
(6 miles away from the campus)
40 Wood Avenue
Secaucus, NJ 07094
Tel: (201) 272-1000

How to Get to Stevens

USA Visa Information for Int'l Participants

AIS will issue a letter of invitation if you need a USA Visa.

If you are a citizen of a country listed in the USA visa waiver program, or you currently hold a valid visa to the United States, you do not need to request a visa invitation letter from AIS.

Provided that you need an invitation letter to receive a visa to participate in the conference, you must send the following information to

1) First and last names as they appear on your passport
2) Country of citizenship
3) Passport number
4) Affiliation
5) Home address
6) Phone number
7) Email address

Check this link for the list of the countries in the U.S.A. visa waiver program.

Check this link for information about your visa application.

About Stevens Institute of Technology

Stevens Institute of Technology is a premier, private research university situated in Hoboken, N.J. overlooking the Manhattan skyline. Founded in 1870, technological innovation has been the hallmark and legacy of Stevens’ education and research programs for more than 140 years. Within the university’s three schools and one college, more than 6,100 undergraduate and graduate students collaborate with more than 350 faculty members in an interdisciplinary, student-centric, entrepreneurial environment to advance the frontiers of science and leverage technology to confront global challenges. Stevens is home to three national research centers of excellence, as well as joint research programs focused on critical industries such as healthcare, energy, finance, defense, STEM education and coastal sustainability. The university is consistently ranked among the nation’s elite for return on investment for students, career services programs and mid-career salaries of alumni. Stevens is in the midst of a 10-year strategic plan, The Future. Ours to Create., designed to further extend the Stevens legacy to create a forward-looking and far-reaching institution with global impact.

About the City of Hoboken

Hoboken is a unique, vibrant, walkable, dynamic and culturally-diverse urban community just over one square mile in size.

Hoboken is a small city on the Hudson River in northeastern New Jersey. Once known only as the birthplace of baseball and Frank Sinatra and the site of Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken has become a party town, which also offers a wide variety of options for shopping, restaurants, parks and nightlife – as well as numerous cultural, music and ethnic festivals throughout the year.

For your questions such as “what to do,” where to dine,” “where to stay,” “shopping,” “walking tours,” etc., check out these webpages about Hoboken:


If you have questions, please contact us at You may also contact conference chair Dr. Chang-Hwan Choi at

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